The progress made in the 20th century is staggering. Advancements in science, medicine and technology alone have brought incalculable benefits to humanity.
Yet a darker side of the 20th century cannot be ignored. For all the progress, the 20th century was the most violent of human history.
Over 100 million people were killed in two world wars. Many smaller wars claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
An estimated 170 million civilians were murdered by their own governments. Places like Afghanistan, Rwanda, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Chechnya, along with others, experienced unimaginable violence and bloodshed.
The 20th century made common words like holocaust, genocide, abortion, terrorism, and mass suicide.
In the later portion of the 20th century, America witnessed a dramatic increase in violence. From 1960 to1993, violent crime increased by 560 percent. In 1987, the Department of Justice estimated that eight out of ten people will be victims of violent…
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